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Airline Travel: Meet or Beat Non-contract Rates

Currently, government employees can pay up to four times the average citizen for airline travel. I suggest that GSA implement a "meet or beat" government contract fares option in GovTrip. Employees will be able to search discount fare options and input those flights and the corresponding rate into GovTrip. If contract carriers match the rate, then they get the business, if not, the employee can purchase the ticket with... more »

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Restricted Fares

Throughout my federal career and assignments in Travel Management positions, I have noticed how much it cost the government to maintain its policy to use unrestricted airfares. The government could save hundreds of dollars per ticketed reservation if restricted fares restricted (non-refundable or penalty fares) were used instead. The savings of using restricted fares are significant compared to the minimal cost of the... more »

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FREE MARKET TRAVEL

FREE MARKET TRAVEL
Eliminate the GovTrip travel system. Allow the existing market place competition to help keep costs down. The benefit of rescheduling tickets is more the exception than the rule when it comes to government travel; therefore making the required use of GovTrip much more & needlessly expensive for the majority of travel done by most federal employees. Yes, there are times when trips get changed, but... more »

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Official Travel

After a recent stint at one of the FLETC, it became blatantly obvious exactly how much in government funds is wasted via the government's contracts with travel agencies such as Sato/GetThere. An attempt to book a flight from New York to Charleston, which included a layover in Georgia, netted the contracted travel agency $1299+ taxes/fees, while a direct flight could have been booked through the airline's website at $180+... more »

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Let employees use Amtrak

Govtrip should have special deals set up with Amtrak just like it does with airlines. I was travelling from Boston to DC for training this May. I wanted to take Amtrak, but this was difficult because Govtrip did not have an existing agreement with them.

 

If the government wants to save on energy, encouraging train travel in the Northeast corridor and elsewhere would be a good start.

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Travel and meetings with least carbon footprint

Develop a web-based tool (or link to one already developed) for the GSA Travel website that allows meeting or training planners to chose meeting locations based on smallest carbon footprint. Web-based meetings and video conferencing are excellent, but sometimes face-to-face meetings are necessary for hands-on work to get done. Making them as clean and green as possible is best for budgets and the environment. Additionally,... more »

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Encourage use of discounted (_CA) airfares

GSA negotiates two airfares for many airline flights: a regular fare (YCA) and a discounted, capacity-controlled fare (_CA). Tickets purchased at both fares are unrestricted and fully refundable. However, the government's on-line travel booking tool (CWTSato) provides no explanation for the two fares and allows employees to choose the YCA fare even when the discounted _CA fare is available. In addition, when employees... more »

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Airline baggage fees

Ensure that when GSA competes the city pair contract, they include a requirement to eliminate checked baggage fees for all government employees. Although the city pair fares are lower than other unrestricted tickets, they are still ridiculously expensive, and should have the same benefits as a full Y fare ticket. This would save the government (and taxpayers) millions of dollars annually.

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Eliminate FedRooms

Hotel properties offerred through FedRooms are almost always available at the same or even lower rate directly from the hotel or through a CTO/TMC without going through FedRooms. This program may be a money maker for GSA, but it only encourages hotels to raise their rates to the maximum locality per diem rate and provides no incentive for them to offer lower rates available to the general public.

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Flexible Airline Ticketing Options

Initiate an independent study, led by knowledgable travel experts, to determine whether contracted commercial travel offices, GSA contracted city-pair fares, and unrestricted airfares are cost effective. Study participants should include representatives from the airline industry, private travel offices, and government travel experts. There are numerous comments on this site that oppose use of government travel agencies... more »

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Direct Air Flights in the Contract Carrier Program

Include direct flight options in the contract air carrier program. Currently, route winning bidders often connect through major hubs. While this appears to save the Government money, it actually can cost MORE compared to taking direct flights. When you include the value of the employee's time and mental well-being (no lost luggage, no missed connections, etc.), I think you'll find this improves our Government operations.... more »

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Save travel cost by incentivizing travelers

Allow more flexibility for the traveler, within per diem, to manage their funds. A set lodging per diem only encourages the traveler to spend the max amount possible on a hotel. However, if the government was willing to split the difference between the per diem rate and hotel cost (when less than per diem), you'd find that travelers would get more thrifty with their hotel selection.

For example, if per diem is $100,... more »

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Cap Travel and Give Agencies Flexibility within their Travel Budgets

Require each agency to spend no more than a certain percentage of salaries and expenses on travel. Then, working within that cap, allow agencies to spend their travel funds more flexibly than today. If an employee is authorized to take a trip to a certain city and the employee can find a lower rate via the internet than through the traditional travel system, the employee should have the flexibility to book the lower... more »

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Reduction of Government Travel Costs

If "price assurance" is good enough and simple enough for "orbitz.com" to administer, then it should work for us: Government Air Fares and Lodging Rates are typically negotiated. This effort is costly, unnecessary, and doesn't guarantee the lowest rate. The Government is willing to pay a fair and reasonable rate. As such, rates should be established based on the lowest historical seasonal rates and then those rates... more »

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